Preview - Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa 31 August 19

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Aug 26, 2019, 11:23 PM Last Edit: Sep 01, 2019, 03:02 AM by Harry85
Match Day 4
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa
Saturday, August 31st 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.39
Top Scorer (18/19): Luka Milivojević (12)

Aston Villa:
Last five matches form:  W W L L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.78
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.33
Top Scorer (18/19): Jonathan Kodija ( 8 )

Two sides arriving on a high lock horns at Selhurst Park on Match Day 4 in the Premier League as Crystal Palace play host to Aston Villa.

These sides last met in the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, with both sides winning their home games. Palace coming out on top 2-1 in this one and Villa picking up the points courtesy of a 1-0 success at Villa Park.

Palace of course recorded one of the real headline results on Match Day 3 as Patrick Van Aanholt's late strike condemned Manchester United to defeat at Old Trafford. They were either able or forced to adopt fairly conservative tactics in that game though, and will likely need to open up in this home fixture which most fans will expect them to win.

Villa meanwhile were decent value for their win over Everton at home, and will be pleased to get that first success under their belt relatively early in the season. They wont have the backing of a fervent Villa Park for this one though, and gave up a lot of chances in their previous away outing at Tottenham.

Palace are far from the most trustworthy of sides, mixing sensational results - such as a win at Manchester City - with very poor performances last season. It's therefore probably best not to get too carried away with last week's win. Overall though we do still rate Palace as the better side of these two and they can do enough….just.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Aston Villa


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  22 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 13 - 2
Possession: 53% - 47%

Luka Milivojević and Cheikhou Kouyate were booked for Palace in this one, with referee Kevin Friend also taking the names of Douglas Luiz, Neil Taylor, Frederic Guilbert and Jack Grealish of Villa. The key moment in the game from a disciplinary standpoint though came in the 54th minute when Trezeguet of Villa was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Palace started the brighter of these two sides, and indeed looked the more dangerous outfit throughout, a fact borne out in the stats. James McCarthur having an excellent opportunity when getting on the end of a low cross in from the left-hand side but firing his effort over the crossbar.

Palace did manage three efforts that did hit the target in the opening period, without seriously threatening Tom Heaton in the Villa goal. That was still three more efforts than Villa managed though, as the visitors struggled to develop any kind of attacking momentum. 0-0 at the break.

The sending off of Trezeguet so early in the second half tilted the balance firmly in favour of the home side, who did begin to look more threatening. Luka Milivojević forcing Heaton into a decent stop with an effort from range which looked destined for the top corner.

What turned out to be the only goal of the game arrived in the 73rd minute. Palace hitting on the counter and Jordan Ayew picking up possession in the left of the box towards the by-line with plenty to do. He did get a lucky bounce as he cut in between two defenders before producing a composed finish into the bottom right from around seven yards out on the left-hand side.

Villa then did have the ball in the net in a dramatic finale, only for the action to be pulled back and Jack Grealish penalised for diving. 1-0 final score.

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